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Medical Toxicology PGDip

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

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Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed for doctors, pharmacists and other scientists who wish to develop a broad understanding of the principles underlying medical toxicology. This Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology is a one year full-time distance learning course for medical personnel. It is particularly designed for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist trainees in accident and emergency medicine or acute medicine and other disciplines, and those intending to enter or already working in the pharmaceutical industry.

It is also designed for those working in poisons centres, for health professionals, including hospital and community pharmacists and for those with a degree in Life Sciences or other individuals seeking a career in the government regulatory bodies or the pharmaceutical or chemical industry. The course aims to introduce you to the broad principles underlying medical toxicology; seek to integrate an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs and other chemicals produce toxic effects and how these can be predicted, treated and whenever possible, prevented. A key aim of the teaching programme is to encourage critical thinking, as we aim to equip you with practical and factual knowledge and also provide a basic approach to toxicological problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in the future.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



This module provides the practical knowledge of Mechanisms of Toxicity for the study of Medical Toxicology. It is essential that candidates are able to appraise the mechanisms of Toxicity to diagnose and make management choices in the context of best research evidence and clinical expertise available in treating poisoned patients, taking into account individual patient views and needs. In order to fully understand and appraise diagnosis and management in Poisoning it is crucial that students are familiar with mechanisms of Toxicity, and are able to apply, the principles of evidence-based medicine.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will normally possess a primary degree in any science speciality awarded by a recognised institution. Your performance in previous academic courses and the relevance of the subject area and/or evidence of commitment to a career using toxicology will be used as part of the selection process. Applicants holding differing qualifications but working in a relevant area will be considered provided they have a suitable initial qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s Degree.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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